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HISTORIC ROCKVILLE BRIDGE FUND
A thorough restoration of the historic Rockville Bridge began this February 2017 with the Design Phase. This is an ambitious project and the Town's resources are limited. Funds to match the Federal grant are already in place. However, a new cost estimate puts the total cost at $2,810,000. Therefore, the Town of Rockville must raise an additional $300,000. We are applying for grants, but your help would be appreciated! If you wish to make a donation to the Historic Rockville Bridge Fund, please visit this Rockville link.
TOWN OF ROCKVILLE
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Notice is hereby given that the Town Council of the Town of Rockville will hold a Public Hearing to receive public comment regarding an Application for Disconnection of parcel numbers R-157-A and R-166-A from the Town of Rockville submitted by Tydon and Brittany Oler.
Mr. & Mrs. Oler believe the Town of Rockville has not acted with the “fundamental fairness” required by the Utah State Municipal Land Use, Development and Management Act (Utah Code 10-9a-102 Purposes – General Land Use Authority).
More detailed information regarding this public hearing may be obtained by contacting Town Clerk, Vicki S. Bell at (435) 772-0992 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Interested persons desiring input into this public hearing are invited to attend the meeting to be held Wednesday the 10th day of January 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the Rockville Community Center, 43 E. Main, Rockville, UT, or present their views in writing.
Verbal comments will be limited to two (2) minutes and written comments should be received no later than 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018, addressed to: Town of Rockville, PO Box 630206, Rockville, Utah 84763.
Vicki S. Bell
December 27, 2017
UPDATE ON STATUS OF THE ROCKVILLE / SPRINGDALE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
This statement has been reviewed, edited and approved by the RSFPD Board and the Washington County Commission
In September, the RSFPD Board approved a tentative 2018 budget with significant proposed increases in emergency personnel wages and staffing necessitating an approximate $500K increase in its fees if finalized in December.
In October, two members of the RSFPD Board met with the Washington County Commissioners as the first step in initiating an increase in proposed property taxes since the Commission is the entity that would advise and approve any increase in taxes, and any potential increases must be justified by a shortfall in the upcoming year’s budget. At the suggestion of the County Clerk and Recorder, the September budget draft was presented and discussed. It was agreed that the challenges of a small tax base, the distance from mutual aid, hospitals, lack of volunteer emergency personnel and the impact of tourism require intervention outside the scope of the RSFPD Board’s authority for a long term solution to sustainable operation of services.
The Washington County Commissioners offered to use their “toolbox” to research alternative financial and strategic means to help the District, and the RSFPD Board accepted their offer.
Because of the Open Meetings Act, the RSFPD did not receive input from the Commission regarding a tax increase, the District approved a tax notice to property owners indicating an increase to the maximum cap of .000705 set for the fire district. This notice created growing concern among the community as to the rising cost of emergency services.
The RSFPD Board held a public information session and its public hearings on the proposed increases and tentative 2018 budget on November 27 and 29, respectively. There were seven people in attendance at the information session, with all engaging in a discussion. There were 36 people attending the public hearing, including county commissioners and officials. Thirteen people addressed the Board.
At their meeting of December 5, the Washington County Commissioners were prepared to assume absolute governing and administrative authority of the RSFPD by resolution, citing that “no citizen spoke in favor of the increase,” and to ensure that “all options were considered prior to imposing the tax and fee increase.” However, they voted 2 to 1 to assume authority over the RSFPD budget and limit purchasing power, rather than assuming absolute authority.
In response to citizens who emailed the commissioners, Commissioner Renstrom replied via email, that the RSFPD Board has “two weeks to make a formal proposal as to how it will balance its budget moving forward. The fire board should come back with hard numbers concerning any tax increase and stand by fees increase.”
On December 12, the RSFPD Board held a meeting to discuss a deeply cut budget; however, the revision still required an annual increase of $85,000 and did not include provisions to address funding a wage increase beyond the current $13 per hour. Therefore, the revision did not qualify as a proposal, prompting the Board to pass a Resolution acknowledging that, “as a stand alone special service district, it is unable to continue providing emergency services while maintaining a budget within perceived acceptable levels, and requested that the Washington County Commission assume whatever degree of control of the District necessary for the Commissioners to provide emergency services for the District.”
At the December 19 budget hearing of the Washington County Commission, the commissioners voted unanimously to adopt the RSFPD Amended 2017 budget as the approved Final 2018 budget. This budget includes emergency personnel wages of $13/hour for six months, and maintains current 24/7 coverage of four emergency personnel in the District. The budget is $826,436 for 2018. The Commission will be working on long term solutions, such as merging or contracting with the Hurricane Valley Fire Special Service District.
The Washington County Commission has scheduled a joint meeting with the RSFPD Board at 5pm on January 18 in Springdale. It is expected that the commissioners will present proposals and discuss options concerning the future of emergency services in the area currently covered by the District. Public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
2015 ROCKVILLE TOWN SURVEY
The 2015 Rockville Town Survey Presentation and Final Report are now available on this website.
UTAH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
The Utah Geological Survey, (a division of the Utah Department of Natural Resources), has conducted an extensive investigation of the tragic rock fall that occurred in Rockville last December. The detailed report (and map) that identifies and addresses rock fall hazard areas in Rockville has been published and is available to Rockville residents and property owners electronically upon request at the Town Office.
Please note that the report and map gives an overall view of potential rock fall hazard areas and is not meant as a property or site specific geologic study.
Contact Town Clerk Vicki S. Bell at (435) 772-0992 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like the electronic report emailed to you. Hard copies will be made available for a fee of $10 by signing up at the Town Office. A hard copy is also available for review in the Town Office and the Springdale Library.
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